With spring having arrived Tuesday, many White Hall area residents are considering garden and lawn chores despite the forecast for rain later this week. The city of White Hall can help with the garden plans and the service is free. City employees won't till up the garden, but if you need compost, call City Hall to arrange to have the material loaded into a truck or trailer.

With spring having arrived Tuesday, many White Hall area residents are considering garden and lawn chores despite the forecast for rain later this week. The city of White Hall can help with the garden plans and the service is free. City employees won’t till up the garden, but if you need compost, call City Hall to arrange to have the material loaded into a truck or trailer.

The compost and loading is free, but gardeners must provide the labor to unload the compost.

The compost is part of a recycling program to keep yard waste out of the landfill utilized by Waste Management, the municipality’s waste contractor. State regulations prohibit dumping grass clippings and leaves into landfills.

City crews collect bagged grass and leaves on a seasonal basis, White Hall Public Works Director Jeff Jones said. Cans, plastic and paper are removed and the clippings and leaves are placed in windrows on city-owned property, and then watered to help speed decomposition. Crews will periodically turn the windrows.

Jones said the program generated an estimated 40 tons of compost last year to help enrich gardens and yards.

Individuals who want to take advantage of the free compost should call City Hall at 247-2399 to schedule a front-end loader to be at the storage site, which is not manned, Jones added. Municipal crews also use the compost at city parks, Jones said, tilling in the material to enrich soil before seeding.